IN Nigeria, National Commission for Persons with Disability has said over 100,000 People Living With Disabilities is to be awarded scholarships in 2022, to study within and outside the country.
Executive Secretary of the Commission, James Lalu, stated this when Mr Chike Okogwu, a physically challenged activist and anchor of ‘The Specials TV Show’ paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
Lalu said that in order to empower the people, the first thing to do is to give them education, and when the people are properly educated, they will be empowered and knowledgeable about their responsibilities and challenges.
He said the NCPWD in partnership with the Universal Basic Education Commission to see how to make education attractive to PWDs.
Lalu said: “We have an estimated six million children with disability today in Nigeria that are out of school. Adoption of the school environment is one of the important areas.
“Also, provision of assistive technology and devices for PWDs to be able to go to school is important, this is because some PWDs in rural areas cannot go to school due to lack of wheelchairs or mobility.
”The Commission is bracing up to provide scholarships for a minimum of 100,000 PWDs in 2022. This is by virtue of our commitment to the 2022 budget, and we are committed to providing the scholarships.